Passion Purpose Profit

$21

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Passion Purpose Profit: Sidestep the #hustle and build a business you love by My Daily Business Coach founder Fiona Killackey offers essential information for small business owners who seek to scale while keeping their mental and financial balance intact. From advice on how to cement your initial idea to insight into how to hire employees that share your passion, Killackey conveys knowledge informed by decades of experience coaching, teaching and working with clients like Audible, Australia Post, Etsy, and Porsche. Full disclosure: our founder, Josh Rubin, is profiled in this book.

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Interior Space: A Visual Exploration of the International Space Station

$55

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Available for pre-order now, Interior Space: A Visual Exploration of the International Space Station comprises unseen, eerie images that photographers Paolo Nespoli and Roland Miller captured inside the empty space station. Described as an “in-depth portrait,” the book also contains essays by space archaeology scholars Alice Gorman and Justin St P Walsh, as well as words from the photographers and architect Jeffrey S Nesbit. Through fascinating words and captivating images, readers are treated to a virtual 200-page tour through one of the most important and mysterious places in the universe.

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Accidentally Wes Anderson Book

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With more than 200 idiosyncratic images and the stories behind each, Wally Koval’s hardcover Accidentally Wes Anderson book is an authorized homage to the style of the beloved auteur. Koval created the @AccidentallyWesAnderson Instagram handle in 2017 and since more than one million people have followed along. In the book, the same magical style unites photographs from all over the world. It’s available for pre-order now, though the book comes out in October 2020.

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Divine Decks: A Visual History of Tarot

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From TASCHEN’s new Library of Esoterica (a series of books that traces the ways artists have explored mysticism for centuries) comes the first title, Divine Decks: A Visual History of Tarot. Author Jessica Hundley delves into the meanings behind 500+ cards, analyzes artworks and explores tarot’s immense and enduring influence—from medieval era to contemporary culture. Beautifully designed by LA-based studio Thunderwing, and with an essay by artist, tarot reader and metaphysical teacher Marcella Kroll, this book will appeal to tarot experts, history nerds, art enthusiasts and counterculture connoisseurs.

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Smithsonian Handbook of Interesting Insects

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Of the 34 million insect and arachnid specimens in London’s Natural History Museum, the Smithsonian Handbook of Interesting Insects focuses on 100 of the most fascinating. With scientific profiles crafted around striking full-color photography, the hardcover guide delves into each bug’s attributes, behaviors and lifestyle. Penned by Blanca Huertas (Senior Curator of Lepidoptera at the Natural History Museum, London) and Gavin Brooad (Principal Curator of Insects at the Natural History Museum, London), the book is informative, engaging and, at times, utterly spectacular for amateurs and experts alike.

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John Cage: A Mycological Foray – Variations on Mushrooms

$55

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From independent publishing house Atelier Éditions, the two-volume monograph John Cage: A Mycological Foray explores the acclaimed (and often experimental) American composer and theorist’s fascination with mushrooms. As Cage famously proclaimed, “I have come to the conclusion that much can be learned about music by devoting oneself to the mushroom.” Limited to an edition of 75, the book features 20 unnumbered lithographs, diary entries and the first-ever full reproduction of Cage’s Mushroom Book, done in collaboration with illustrator Lois Long and botanist Alexander H Smith, in 1972.

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City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture

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Within City Hall: Masterpieces of American Civic Architecture, photographer Arthur Drooker presents expressive, exacting imagery of the administrative hubs of various local governments. The chronological chronicle travels from the early 19th century to today—representing the wonders of Buffalo, Boston and beyond while showcasing styles that range from Federalist to modern. The book includes a foreword by historian Douglas Brinkley, and mayors (current and former) offer stories to accompany Drooker’s images.

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Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet’s Summer Camp 1977

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In the summer of 1977, roughly 300 campers arrived at Mountain Lake summer camp in rural North Carolina. There, the camp’s photography instructor, Andy Sweet, would capture an experience and an era in the images that now compose his book Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah: Andy Sweet’s Summer Camp 1977. Sweet, who passed in 1982, balances the uniqueness of the time with the universality of camp life. The book is 120 pages, hardbound, with an introduction from New Yorker staff writer Naomi Fry.

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Peter Beard Gesamtkunstwerk

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Once a limited release from TASCHEN, Peter Beard’s “gesamtkunstwerk” (a German word that translates to art assembled from multiple mediums, much like collage) returns. Within the 770-page hardcover, the pioneering artist’s photography interacts with personal writing and doodle-like drawings. Edited by Nejma Beard and David Fahey, with additional text by Owen Edwards and Steven M.L. Aronson, the tome grants access to Beard’s impassioned, international perspective—one that made him a beloved collaborator to other pioneers, from Dalí and Warhol to Truman Capote, Isak Dinesen and the Rolling Stones.

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Stay With Me: A Novel

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Set in the 1980s in Ilesa, Nigeria, Ayobami Adebayo’s debut novel, Stay With Me, occurs in the midst of the country’s political tumult, but explores societal pressures, tradition, gender, family, sacrifice, and redemption. It traces the story of a marriage through the wife and the husband’s points of view. Adebayo’s prose captivates and her characters are fully realized, making for an affecting tale.

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The 24-Hour Soup Kitchen

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Journalist Stephen Henderson’s account of his gastro-philanthropic efforts around the world—from Gurudwara Bangla Sahib in Delhi to soup kitchens in Israel, South Korea, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh and more) The 24-Hour Soup Kitchen: Soul-Stirring Lessons in Gastrophilanthropy—offers heartfelt tales of compassion and humanity. Henderson’s field reports, drawn from time he spent volunteering while on assignment around the globe, enlighten and inspire.

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From the Pulitzer Prize-winning senior art critic for New York Magazine (and social media user extraordinaire), Jerry Saltz, How to Be an Artist dispenses practical wisdom, inspiration, humor and honesty to nourish the artist in all of us. For those already taken by Saltz’s passionate criticism and witty storytelling—as well as those looking to persevere in creative professions—the book will prove to be a beautiful resource.

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By Kenny Gould, The Brewing Cloud deviates from the beer writer’s typical reportage (which he does for the magazine he founded, Hop Culture) in favor of fiction. Using an imaginary “floating city where everyone is involved in some aspect of the beer industry” as the foundation for stories like “The Rat Problem” and “Vampire Brewing,” Gould spins tales of love, luck and more. Gould’s pieces are brief, witty and celebrate the beloved beverage.

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From the importance of the clink of ice in a cocktail shaker to the devilish development of cutlery, Amy Azzarito’s book The Elements of a Home: Curious Histories behind Everyday Household Objects, from Pillows to Forks tells the tales of more than 60 ordinary furnishings and objects. Arranged alphabetically, the book’s entries traverse time to pick through origin stories and interesting advancements that anyone who loves trivia—and a nice surprise—will value.

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Just Kids Illustrated Edition

$25

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A love letter to New York City, the power of youth, commitment to one’s artistic pursuits and, simply, friendship, Patti Smith’s National Book Award-winning memoir, Just Kids, celebrates destiny—from tumult and tragedy to success. In this illustrated edition, never-before-published photographs and ephemera join Smith’s exceptionally beautiful words. Smith captures a moment and a movement—and honors the life of Robert Mapplethorpe in the process.

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Hotel Chelsea: Living in the Last Bohemian Haven

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A photographic tour of one of NYC’s most storied residences, Hotel Chelsea: Living in the Last Bohemian Haven bridges past to present and myth to reality through deeply textured images by Colin Miller and thoughtful text by Ray Mock. Within, both Miller and Mock convey the Chelsea Hotel’s continued bohemian spirit, carried along by the remaining residents of its previous iteration. It’s an open window to an opulent world defiant of time and circumstance.  

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